Africa

UN resumes food deliveries in two Southern Sudanese states after assurances

13 May 2011 –

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is resuming operations in two Southern Sudanese states where they were suspended last month after staff came under direct attack from combatants to the widespread fighting in the region.

WFP issued a statement yesterday saying it will renew food distribution in Lakes and Jonglei – ensuring an estimated 240,000 people in those two states receive critical rations this month – after receiving positive assurances from local authorities.

IMF Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa: Recovery and New Risks

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today released the May 2011 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Director of the IMF's African Department commented on the report's main findings:

Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery from the crisis-induced slowdown is well under way, with growth in most countries now back fairly close to the high levels of the mid-2000s. Growth this year is expected to average 5½ percent, and 6 percent in 2012.

We expect some variation among country groupings. The recovery is near complete in most of the region’s 29 low-income countries and 7 oil exporters. But growth is recovering more gradually in the region’s middle-income countries, including South Africa.

African leaders in Cape Town to discuss boosting agriculture for economic growth and food security

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Rome, 2 May 2011 – The potential for agriculture to contribute to economic growth and development in Africa will be in the spotlight as heads of state, agriculture ministers and experts, and leaders from the private sector gather in Cape Town for the presentation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s Rural Poverty Report 2011 in Africa on 3 May.

Senior UNICEF official urges Southern Sudan to prioritize children’s issues

28 March 2011 – The deputy head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stressed the need for Southern Sudan, which is scheduled to become an independent nation in July, to prioritize issues such as birth registration and immunization and to invest in programmes to ensure the progress and well-being of young people.

World Bank Supports Benin to Improve its Agricultural Productivity and Diversification

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011-- The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a 5-year credit and grant to the Government of Benin in the amount of US$46 million (about FCFA22 billion) for the Agricultural Productivity and DiversificationProject. The financing packageincludes an IDA credit of US$6 million, a US$25 million IDA grant, and a US$15 million grant from the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP).

 

Amid hunger concerns in drought-plagued Kenya, IFAD President urges support to food security efforts

Rome – 24 March - With nearly 2.4 million poor people in Kenya’s rural communities struggling to get enough to eat, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Nairobi on 26 March to offer his agency’s support.

IFAD signs agreement for US$21.1 million loan to Mozambique

Rome, 24 March 2011 – A US$21.1 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Republic of Mozambique will enhance artisanal fisheries and increase the incomes of poor rural households in fishing communities, the United Nations rural poverty agency has announced.

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